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The biopic "Notorious," directed by George Tillman Jr., tells of the life and career of Notorious B.I.G., the gangsta' rapper who was gunned down on the streets of L.A. at the age of twenty-four. B.I.G. began life as Christopher Wallace, a kid being raised by a single mother in Brooklyn who, despite her best efforts, was unable to keep her son from falling prey to the destructive influences of life on the street. For by the age of twelve, he had already begun dealing drugs and, by seventeen, had dropped out of school and served time in prison on a weapons charge. But it was his talent for rapping - for putting into words and music his reflections on what it meant to be a black man living in the inner city - that brought him to the attention of Sean "Puffy" Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who signed Wallace, now known as Biggie Smalls, to his first recording contract.
Soon, B.I.G. was a major figure in the gangsta' rap scene, adored by his fans, hated by his enemies and partaking in the fruits of all that the "high life" of a mass market celebrity had to offer: namely, wealth, fame, fashion, women, and an unlimited access to guns and drugs. But as with all such tales, it would seem, Biggie ultimately found himself on an irreversible slide towards self-destruction, culminating in his assassination on Wilshire Boulevard on March 9, 1997, a victim, in part, of the life he lived and of outside forces he was simply unable to control (his killers, incidentally, were never identified).
"Notorious" is less interesting for the admittedly rather predictable cautionary tale and domestic drama it relates than for the glimpses it affords us into the hip-hop and gangsta' rap scene of the 1990s.Read more ›
The events preceding his death was well-known, well-documented in the media in regards to the major riff with the East Coast vs. West Coast hip hop feud.
Considered as one of the greatest hip hop artists ever, "Notorious" is a biopic that documents the life of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace and grossing over $43 million worldwide.
The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. ("Soul Food" and "Men of Honor") and a screenplay co-written by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker (the author of "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.") which showcases and celebrates the rapper's life.
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The NOTORIOUS Unrated Director's Cut Collector's Edition Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen format (2.55:1 ration) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Spanish 5.1 Audio with French and Spanish subtitles. English subtitles will also be available for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Picture quality for "Notorious" looked amazing as you can see the skin pores quite clearly on high definition but what is most amazing is how New York was captured on film. From the beauty of the city to its gritty side, the level of vibrancy in the colors, beautiful cinematography and wonderful editing really made this biopic come alive.
As for the audio, audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. Audio is crystal clear during the dialogue department but its even more exciting during the musical segments as your speakers really showcase the drum and bass, giving your subwoofers a workout.Read more ›
Unfortunately, while Woolard shined in his role of Christopher Wallace, a.k.a Biggie Smalls, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G., the rest of the cast was fair to good at best, and the story was a bit one-sided and breezed over or just plain skipped a lot of details.
Instead of focusing on Biggie's music and the infamous East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry of the mid-nineties, the movie focused mostly on Biggie's personal life and how what was going on around him affected him mentally--giving only snippets of the stories and leaving much of the detail out of what was going on around him. And the telling of these stories was, in my opinion, extremely one-sided and sketchy.
My guess is that the producers of Notorious decided that the movie was to be a tribute to Biggie--making him out to be somewhat of a saint--and not a documentary that would not only have made Biggie look a bit thuggish, but also would have needed to do the same with others in the East-West rivalry. It would have been a very difficult movie to make if more detail were included on "the why" and "the how" of the rivalry versus just the personal affect it had on Biggie. No, I can't imagine the producers wanted to start portraying Biggie as a cause of his own death any more than they would have wanted to directly point the finger at an individual (like Suge Knight) or group like the LA gangs.
So what you get with Notorious is a relatively soft view into the story of the East-West coast rivalry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Damn good movie, biggie and pac made the hip hop world great....these rapper these days don't understand that and neither will the youth...sux for themPublished 1 day ago by wish it was still on
Story line wasn't horrible. There's only so much that can be put into a 2 hour movie. The casting, overall was ok, and the acting wasn't going to win any oscars.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was about the rap singer NOTORIOUS BIG.
I knew that this movie will be good but I didn't knew that it will be this good. Read more